Canyon County Jail adds mobile housing units in response to overcrowding

Posted at 4:57 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-09 19:22:57-05

It's a problem that Canyon County has wrestled with for years: too few cells in the county jail, and too many inmates.

Voters have consistently rejected bonds that would have allocated millions of dollars to build a new jail, so officials are taking a new approach.

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Officials started moving housing modules onto the detention center's parking lot Tuesday morning. In the end, 28 modules will be welded together to become one self-contained building. The modules will house about 120 inmates.

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The inmates will have heating, air conditioning, showers and bathrooms. Officials say the inmates could start occupying the modules by the end of November. The county obtained the modules through a 5-year lease that includes an option for officials to buy the modules at the end of the lease.

The price tag is about $10 million.